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Good Governance Day: Govt launches one-page form for pensioners

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2015_12$largeimg25_Dec_2015_161221027The government will soon launch one-page form for basic certificates, says Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh

The government has announced that a large number of government services such as birth or death certificates will soon be converted into a one-page format.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh also launched a single-page application form for pensioners on a day which has been observed as Good Governance Day.

At a press conference, Singh said, “For different schemes, you have voluminous forms. Today, we are releasing one-page application form for pensioners. We plan to convert all multi-page or voluminous forms to single-page within a year.”

He added, “The aim behind this initiative is to make the forms as simple and small as possible for the beneficiary. “There should be relevant and minimum information asked for in an application form for government services and not repetitive ones.”

He also said that he is coordinating with state governments and Union Territories to repeat the same system.

The Minister said, “Every month we will be holding meetings with at least two central government departments and reviewing forms available for different services under them. Efforts will be to simplify the whole procedure and we hope to achieve the target of single-page form for all government services within a year’s time.”

Sanjay Kothari, Secretary in Personnel Ministry, said, “The government plans to integrate Aadhaar number with government services so that people do not have to fill out whole details.”

“We will be integrating Aadhaar database for the services. But this will be possible only when all the people have Aadhaar numbers. It will further benefit people as they will not be required to fill out basic details like their residential address, among other things,” he added.

Singh informed that workshops have already been conducted with the National Social Assistance Programme of the Ministry of Rural Development, Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and Directorate General, Labour Welfare of the Ministry of Labour and Employment for simplification of the application forms.

Since last year Good Governance Day is observed on December 25, coinciding with the birthday of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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